Sunday, November 24, 2013

Education Etc.

A food critic thinks he knows all about public education and Common Core.

It sounds like Gates money is flowing to the New York Times.

There are a lot of questions about an organization designed to screw over minorities and the poor while ripping off taxpayers and undermining the teaching profession:

Teach for America (TFA) recruits bright young people, fresh from our top colleges, gives them five weeks of training, and sends them to work in mostly urban school districts. To understand the potential problems with TFA, you have to separate these young recruits from the program itself. Some of my own former students have gone into TFA, which is now widely considered an excellent resume builder and has become quite competitive on some college campuses. A couple years ago, a whopping 18% of Yale’s senior class applied to the program.

While TFA may be a good thing for these young people who wish to experience “the real world” for two years before moving onto their “real careers,” the program is not necessarily helping students. In fact, it may be hurting them. And there are some very big concerns about the damage TFA is doing to public education more generally.

This in a nutshell is why it shouldn't exist. Teaching isn't some little "job" you can do a couple of years and go for a "real" career. I don't want Ivy League shitfaces teaching kids if they aren't going to commit to them and to the profession.

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